Matt Putnam
Defensive Line 41
271 lbs.
Brigham City, 
Last School
Box Elder High School
Roster Years

Career Summary

Matt Putnam came to BYU as a regional defensive MVP from Box Elder High School in Utah. He played in 45 games and lettered all four seasons as a Cougar. A valuable contributor on the defensive line, Putnam recorded 70 career tackles, 13 pass breakups, 5.0 sacks and three forced fumbles. Putnam helped BYU to a No. 8 national ranking in red zone defense in 2011. See the season summary tabs below and the stats tabs for more details.


Received minicamp invitation from the Green Bay Packers in 2012


  • Parents are Greg and Becky Putnam
  • Served a church mission in McAllen, Texas (Spanish speaking)
  • One of seven children
  • Has older brothers who played football at Air Force and Utah State
  • Married to wife Jill
  • Also recruited by Utah State, Oregon, Stanford, Colorado and Utah

Before BYU

  • A two-time all-state and all-area selection
  • Named the Region-4 Defensive Most Valuable Player
  • Recognized as the Box Elder HS team MVP
  • A four-year letterwinner
  • Helped BEHS to an 18-4 record in his final two seasons
  • Named a preseason All-American by StudentSports Magazine
  • Earned Deseret News first-team All-State honors
  • Earned three letters in basketball and baseball
  • Led Box Elder HS to the state championship game as a junior
  • Credited with 20 tackles, 23 hurries, 10 sacks, two blocked kicks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries
  • Returned a fumble 43 yards for a touchdown during the season
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2008

  • Earned letterman honors as a redshirt freshman
  • Saw action in 12 games
  • Totaled 27 tackles on the season, including 17 solo takedowns
  • Recorded three tackles for a combined loss of 16 yards
  • Had sacks against Utah State and UNLV
  • Picked off an interception against UCLA and returned it for nine yards
  • Also had three pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble
Sophmore Year 2009

  • Earned letterman honors as a sophomore
  • Saw action in all 13 games
  • Totaled six tackles on the season
  • Recorded a sack against Wyoming
Junior Year 2010

  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Played in all 13 games, starting nine
  • Racked up 31 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 7 pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble
  • Had six tackles at Utah State
  • Had a sack at Utah
Senior Year 2011

  • Joined team midway through the season after academic issues
  • Played in seven games
  • Totaled six tackles, two tackles for loss, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on the year
  • Had two tackles and one tackle for loss vs. San Jose State
  • Recorded three tackles, one tackle for loss, one fumble recovery and two pass breakups at Oregon State
  • Forced a fumble and had one tackle vs. TCU
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year 2007

  • Contributed to scout team
Medical Redshirt Year 2007

Contributed to scout team